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The Halloween Candy

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This is just a simple way to display the office candy or treats. It is very easy to do and requires little to no extra purchases.

Here’s What you need:

  • candy (your choice)
  • vase or glass container (ideally you want it to be clear so everyone can what’s in it)
  • decor (if you like, though not required)

Here’s What You Do:

  • place the goodies in the container
  • decorate with ribbon or other themed decorations
  • enjoy!

I love ideas like this one because it’s not specifically tied to one holiday or time of the year. This works year-round and is very easy to do. Even the kiddos can help!

The Lasagna Rollup

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There are times when I am browsing Pinterest or the internet and I come across something (a photo, graphic design, headline, etc.) that grabs my attention. This recipe is one of those times. I was looking through Pinterest for ideas and I found this one. This recipe is by far not my own, though I made a few tweaks. It is a really great recipe. I’ll admit it’s a bit time consuming so make sure you have time to make it. It’s worth the trouble though. I promise.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 8-10 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 14 oz shredded, low-moisture part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 – 4 medium Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/6 inch thick slices)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish (I didn’t use fresh. What’s in the spice cabinet will work too.)
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, recipe follows
  • Simple Marinara Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Here’s What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook pasta according to directions listed on package to al dente. Drain pasta (Don’t rinse with water) and align lasagna noodles in a single layer on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper.
  • For filling, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese and egg white until well blended. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Mix in 12 oz. of the Mozzarella cheese and season with black pepper to taste. (I went heavy on the pepper.)
  • Place 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture over each lasagna noodle and spread into an even layer, going from one end of the lasagna to the other. Align 4 thin tomato slices over cheese mixture then sprinkle basil over top.
  • Snugly roll lasagna noodles to opposite end. Spread about 1/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of an 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Align lasagna roll ups, seam side down in dish. Top each roll up with about 2 tablespoons of pasta sauce. Sprinkle top with remaining 2 oz. shredded Mozzarella. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes.
  • (In place of the marinara sauce I used 4 tablespoons of olive oil and heated it with minced garlic. Once the rolls were in the baking dish, I generously covered everything with the oil and garlic and baked as directed.)
  • Simple Marinara Sauce
  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add onions to hot oil and saute about 3 minutes until soft, adding garlic during last minute of sautéing. Pour in crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and allow sauce to cook for about 25 – 30 minutes (which will allow some of the water in crushed tomatoes to evaporate) while you prepare pasta and lasagna filling (you can freeze or refrigerate left over sauce in a small airtight container for later use, adding fresh basil if desired).
  • Enjoy!

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In celebration!

This is month Hannah and Harley will celebrate its one year anniversary as a blog! For those who are already following us, thank you! You are already entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks! (Make sure your email is up-to-date and accurate. That’s how I will notify the winner.) Actually, because you are a loyal reader you are already entered into the drawing twice!  From now through the end of the month those who start following this blog will receive one entry for the gift card. Good luck! :) To follow Hannah and Harley, enter your email in the space provided called “Follow Blog Via Email.” Yes, it’s that easy. If you already have a WordPress account, simply click the follow button.

The Last Minute Valentine’s Day Idea

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Here’s hoping this day you are surround by love and joy.

This post is a great idea for a quick last minute dessert or gift idea for the brownie lovers in your life. I choose to use a brownie mix because I hadn’t had any in a long time. You can use a cake mix, cookie mix, or whatever baked good you choose. The point is you are making something sweet for your sweetie(s)!

Here’s What You Need:

  • brownie (cookie or cake) mixture and the ingredients listed on the box
  • icing of your choice (I went with butter cream icing for the photos)
  • sprinkles or small candy (something colorful)

Here’s What You Do:

  • follow the directions on the mixture (make sure to let your baked good cool)
  • add icing (be generous with the icing!)
  • add toppings for decoration
  • enjoy!

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The Year in Review: 2013

As 2013 winds down I thought I’d share a quick year-end review. This year has truly flown by. I know that’s what everyone says, but it’s true. It was a lovely year for which I am grateful. I was fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling and was able to create some really great memories that I will speak of for years to come.

I am very excited that I was able to start this blog this year too. It’s been a wonderful challenge creating posts and images that go along with it. I wanted to re-post my favorites and well as your favorites from the year. Enjoy.

May you have a safe and Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

This was the very first post from Hannah and Harley.

This was the very first post from Hannah and Harley. There’s always something special about the first of anything.

This post is favorite simply because it started an early interest into researching the benefits of essential oils. An interest that will most likely get a lot more attention in 2014.

This post is a favorite simply because it started an early interest into researching the benefits of essential oils. An interest that will most likely get a lot more attention in 2014.

This is my favorite image from this summer. From June to mid-July of this year I was in a different city each weekend. It was a great experience, but I looked up and it was almost August. Thank goodness for photography. Without these images I may have forgotten the entire summer.

This is my favorite image from this summer. From June to mid-July of this year I was in a different city each weekend. It was a great experience, but I looked up and it was almost August. Thank goodness for photography. Without these images I may have forgotten the entire summer.

The Berry Salad, a simple mixture of berries, was by far the most successful new recipe I tried this year. I've made it countless times since this post. It's delicious and healthy!

The Berry Salad, a simple mixture of berries, was by far the most successful new recipe I tried this year. I’ve made it countless times since this post. It’s delicious and healthy!

The marquee says it all. This was actually a contest. Who ever submitted the winning marquee suggestion won a free combo.

The marquee says it all. This was actually a contest. Who ever submitted the winning marquee suggestion won a free combo. This is one of many photos I took over the weekend Arkansas State University played Auburn. An experience more appreciated now because in less than two weeks, Auburn will be playing Florida State in the national championship. Very cool.

Believe it or not this post about baked carrots is the most popular post from this year. It's the most shared pin from Hannah and Harley on Pinterest. It just keeps popping up randomly. Its success is most likely due to its simplicity.

Believe it or not this post about baked carrots is the most popular post from this year. It’s the most shared pin from Hannah and Harley on Pinterest. It just keeps popping up randomly. Its success is most likely due to its simplicity.

This is my personal favorite post from 2013. I don't think I've had so much fun writing something since college. I had forgotten what it was like to write for fun.

This is my personal favorite post from 2013. I don’t think I’ve had so much fun writing something since college. I had forgotten what it was like to write for fun. Hopefully I will get a few chances to write for fun.

This was the most shared post on facebook. For clairty, this post was about my mom so I'm pretty sure the facebook shares were from folks that knew my mom.

This was the most shared post on Facebook. For clarity, this post was about my mom so I’m pretty sure the Facebook shares were from folks that knew my mom.

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Survival Package

I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

Don’t let the name of this post fool you. It’s sounds neat, but it’s really more of a thank you package. As part of our Christmas card  this year we handed out “survival packages” at the office. The package included the following:

  • a handful of peppermints – because you (or someone near) may need a breath of fresh air
  • a handful of Kisses, Rolos, or both – because everyone needs chocolate in their lives
  • a package of Advil – for those everyday headaches even — or especially — this time of year
  • a pack of Kleenex – because you are human and sneeze or may need to wipe something off
  • hand sanitizer – because it’s just handy to have around
  • a package of Swiss Miss hot chocolate – because life needs a little of flavor from time to time.

These types of kits are very easy to create. The ones we created at work couldn’t be gender or themed specific because of the variety of people we gave these to. The kits are great for themed or gender ideas. For example, if you have an all ladies book club to give you can create a fingernail themed kit with polish, file, remover, clippers, cuticle cutters, toe separators, etc. You get the idea. For men it’s the same way you can create a shaving kit, food related kit, sports kit. That list goes on and on as well.

These are really good if you are on a budget as well. There are a few things you should keep in mind. Listed below are some tips I provided based on my experience gathering everything for our survival package.

  • Know your audience. Is it a mixture of ages? Is your group all men or all women?
  • Create a list. You will need to know what you are going to put in the kit before you ever purchase a single item. This include the final package. You need to what you are going to put the kit in. We started with plastic container, moved to a glass container, and decided on cellophane bags wrapped with ribbon. It was shipped in a USPS small flat rate box.
  • Know how you are going to distribute these items. Are you mailing or shipping anything? There’s a cost there too. Make sure you include shipping in your budget. We choose to USPS flat rate small boxes. Are you going to hand deliver these kits? Think about the gas it will take to get from place to another and all over town.
  • Be willing to adjust your list based on availability, cost, and ease of purchase. Initially, we wanted to include band-aids and dental floss in the kits. The floss was too expensive. We considered for a brief moment the floss sticks , but who wants to use it knowing someone else may or may not have touched the floss sticks. Pass. We didn’t use band-aids for presentation reasons.
  • Buy in bulk. Unless you are creating less than five of these kits the cost of purchasing everything not in bulk will get expensive quick. Buying as many items as you can in bulk will assist in keeping the costs down. The peppermints, Kisses, Rolos, Advil, and hot chocolate were all purchased in bulk. I’m not saying go to your local warehouse store and buy it all there in 20-pound bags. No. Let’s say you want to include Hershey bars. Instead of buying 20 at the checkout line in individually wrapped bars for a $1 go to the candy aisle and price check the multi-pack. That’s what I mean by buy in bulk.
  • Price check. Everything. Do the math. You may think it’s a great idea to include a newly released cookbook from your favorite chef in the kit, but if that cookbook is $15.99 and you’ve got 20 kits to gather that’s $319.80 already spent. Research everything. I spent about 30 minutes looking up prices and availability on the items we choose before I presented it for approval from co-workers and bosses. That help me set my budget and know what I could purchase.
  • Check out the dollar stores around you. It most likely won’t be name brand items, but you will be able to find more than you expected in these stores. I purchased the hand sanitizer and cellophane bags from The Dollar Tree and spent less $40. Browse the aisles you may even be inspired.
  • Have fun. If you have fun then other people have fun. Fun spreads. Share the fun!

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Spicy Pretzels

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I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

You can tell the time by when I eat pretzels at work. It’s usually 3 p.m. I love pretzels so when a co-worker suggested this idea for the 12 Days of Christmas I was all about it. It certainly helped that he raved about how good these spicy pretzels tasted.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 – 1 ounce package of dry ranch dressing salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 – 15 ounce package of mini twist pretzels

Here’s What You Do:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees
  • In a medium bowl, mix vegetable oil, dry ranch dressing mix, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper.
  • Place the pretzels in a medium baking dish.
  • Cover the pretzels with mixture.
  • Bake the coated pretzels, uncovered, in the oven for 2 hours stirring
  • occasionally. (I stirred well every 30 minutes.)

The recipe came from www.allrecipes.com. You can find it here. I followed it exactly.

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Cleon’s Salsa!

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I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

This salsa recipe is very easy to make and will make a gift for the salsa lover in your life. You can find the original recipe here. I had to tweak the recipe to meet my needs.

If you’ve watched the news or the live in the South you probably heard the name Cleon. Cleon is the winter storm that has stalled, delayed, or cancelled countless activities across many parts of the country.  My little corner of Northeast Arkansas was no different. Over the weekend we got at least two inches of sleet and freezing rain. This is a dangerous combination that makes travel long and slow and at times unnecessary. By Sunday afternoon traveling was a long and slow process, but possible. I purchased everything I could to make salsa as well as some gifts and Christmas decor. You will find a few substitutions to my salsa compared to the original recipe above. By the end of a long, cold, icy weekend the shelves of the local store weren’t bare (thankfully), but it wasn’t stocked like a usual Sunday afternoon either. Hence, the name: Cleon’s Salsa. I would have followed the recipe exactly were it not for the storm. Thanks Cleon.

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 cans of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can of original Hot Ro-Tel
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • cilantro (just enough for taste)
  • one small red onion chopped
  • blender for mixing
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika (or to taste if you like)
  • chips

Here’s What You Do:

  • Add everything except the Ro-tel into the blender
  • Mix everything together using the pulse option (just long enough to mix well)
  • Add Ro-Tel and stir
  • Let it sit in the fridge overnight. It will taste better the next day.

This made about 32 ounces of salsa. So if you have several salsa lovers on your gift list you can give more than one container depending upon the size you choose.

Cleon's Salsa

Cleon’s Salsa